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Curtain

Curtain

  • Place of origin:

    Donegal (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alexander Morton & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk, wool and cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the support of the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    T.9-1988

  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 74, case CA2, box 1

Physical description

Woven curtain of silk, wool and cotton with a pattern of acanthus in pink and green. Full woven widthway and lengthwise sample of fabric with selvedges top and bottom and along each edge of the fabric. The repeating design shows diagonally trailing acanthus leaves in salmon pink through which meander tulip heads and seed heads in cream and salmon pink on a green ground. All but the top edge of the hanging is trimmed at 1.5 inch (4 cms) intervals with bobbles of the same green, pink and cream yarns as used in the woven fabric.

Place of Origin

Donegal (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Alexander Morton & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Woven silk, wool and cotton

Dimensions

Length: 120.5 cm, Length: 306 cm, Width: 48 in, Width: 122 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1988/106.
This is a contemporary trimming and the curtain was probably sold in this state.

The designer is unknown and, although attributed to C.F.A. Voysey, could possibly have been drawn by Gavin Morton (1867-1954), Alexander Morton's nephew who ran the firm's design studio from 1895-1908.

Historical context note

A sample of this fabric is in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (WAG 11834). This was exhibited in British Sources of Art Nouveau, Whitworth Art Gallery, March 1969-May 1969 (No. 107, illus. p. 33).

Descriptive line

Woven curtain of silk, wool and cotton, made by Alexander Morton & Co., Donegal, ca. 1900

Production Note

The designer is unknown and, although possibly attributed to C.F.A. Voysey, could possibly have been drawn by Gavin Morton.

Materials

Silk (fiber); Wool (textile); Cotton (textile)

Techniques

Weaving

Subjects depicted

Acanthus; Leaves; Flowers

Categories

Textiles; Interiors; Wall coverings

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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